EOP on item 3: Resolution Entitled “Rights of the Child: Towards better investment in the rights of the child”

The United States is pleased to join consensus on the Rights of the Child resolution. We thank the sponsors of this resolution and other member states for their collaboration during the negotiations. Streamlining this resolution was an important way to ensure the text was targeted to the issue at hand: improving investments in the rights of the child.

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EOP on item3: Resolution Entitled “Right to Work”

We joined consensus yesterday on the resolution on the Right to Work in recognition that this right is enshrined in article 23 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

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EOV on item 3: Resolution Entitled “Prevention of Genocide

The United States strongly supports this important resolution on the prevention of genocide, and we urge Member States to vote NO on the amendments.

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Human Rights Council Resolution on Continuing Grave Deterioration of Human Rights in Syria

We reiterate our calls for the immediate release of jailed human rights defenders, including Mazen Darwish, head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, as well as the release of human rights activists abducted by anti-government armed groups, including Razan Zeitouneh, founder of the Violations Documentation Center.

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U.S. Looks forward to First Forum on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in 2016

Democracy promotion and rule of law are fundamental to the purpose of the Council.

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Resolution Entitled “Effects of Terrorism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights”

It is essential that future efforts on this important topic are the result of careful deliberations and are able to garner consensus among the members of this body.

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U.S. Does Not Believe HRC Should Instruct the OHCHR on Administrative Matters

UN Member States are best served by a High Commissioner’s Office that is objective, independent, and that reports to the UN Secretary General, not to the UN Human Rights Council.

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U.S. Votes No on HRC Resolution on Remotely Piloted Aircraft

We do not believe that the examination of specific weapons systems is a task for which the Human Rights Council is well-suited or for which it possesses the requisite expertise.

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Resolution Entitled “Realization of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights”

While we share the broad aims of this resolution, the United States is concerned about a few key points in it.

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Resolution on the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights

The United States continues to support the promotion of cultural diversity, pluralism, tolerance, cooperation, and dialogue among people from all cultures.

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